19th Century French Restauration Period Solid Walnut Lyonnaise Armoire with Fruitwood Marquetry
An impressive French Restauration period armoire, circa 1825, handcrafted of solid walnut accented with rich fruitwood marquetry inlay by talented artisans in Lyon, the capital city in France’s Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, world renowned for its superior production of armoires. This handsome oversized Lyonnaise Chateau armoire features a doucine crown and frieze adorned with beautiful scrolling foliate inlay above a pair of paneled doors with more inlay on the stile. The doors open to reveal a spacious interior with three sturdy shelves, the center one above three small burled wood drawers and the lower shelf above a single full width burled wood drawer. Raised on a plinth base with pistolet feet. This monumental Lyonnaise armoire with its warm, rich patina, would have been prominently featured in a fine chateau. Because armoires were a very important part of the French household, little expense was spared in outfitting them with the finest hardware. Elaborate escutcheons, long ornate hinges, and even the keys were an integral part of the overall design of the armoire. Often, the hinges, lock, and key cost more to produce than the armoire itself. Massive walnut armoires such as this were generally reserved for the very wealthiest families. As styles changed, the armoire evolved into a smaller, more reserved cupboard, making these monumental creations all the more important.
The comte d’Artois, or Charles X, succeeded his two brothers, Louis XVI and Louis XVIII, and became the King of France in 1824. Charles X style lasted from 1818 to 1834 and happened during the Bourbon Restauration. This style didn't totally replace the furnishing style from the French Empire, but a softer version of the Empire style became en vogue in the early 19th century. Even though the simple aspects from the French Empire were still visible, shapes became curvier and decorative elements from the Monarchy were highly appreciated again as they suggested luxury. Woods were lighter in both color and density and the art of marquetry work was very fashionable.
h - 103"
w - 71" with crown; body w - 59"
d - 22"
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